Lifting the lid: changes to bin collections announced

Routes have been revised to increase reliability, enable more efficient waste collection and improve customer service. 

In addition to the change of bin day, paper and cardboard (beige) bin collections will change from every two weeks to every four weeks.

Over the years, a significant reduction in the purchase of newspapers, magazines and paper in general has meant waste collection crews have found many beige bins are not full on collection day. 

Collecting less than full bins doesn’t deliver maximum efficiencies for the service, particularly when considering the cost of operating a bin waggon. 

To ensure residents have clear information on what is happening, all households will be issued with a new bin calendar which will list all collections up to December 2024 and include some reminders on what to put in each bin.  

Bin collection days are also listed on the council website:

From Monday 15 July, the new rounds and changes to beige bin collections will be implemented.

Jon Dyson, Bolton Council’s Director of Place, said: 

“The council has been looking at ways to change and improve bin collection rounds to make them more efficient and reliable.

“By reconfiguring our routes, we can ensure the necessary resources are in place across all collections to offer an improved service to residents.

“From a recycling point of view, as a borough we perform well, our recycling rate is 49.5%, with the national average at 43.3% and we want to continue this success. 

“There are simple steps residents can take to free up extra space in the beige bin, such as flattening cardboard boxes and reusing where possible.”      

For more information about bin collections and recycling, including some FAQs around the changes, visit

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